Overview of Wyoming Colleges & Schools
Wyoming is the smallest state in the United States, as a result there are very few colleges and universities within its borders. A majority of post secondary institutions are the seven public two year colleges located in various regions throughout the state to provide educational and career opportunities to residents. The state is also home to Wind River Tribal College, primarily serving the needs of Amerindian residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The state's largest city and capital is Cheyenne, home to a majority of the states private institutions and a community college.
Wyoming has a single bachelor degree and higher granting public institution, The University of Wyoming, located in Laramie. The school is the oldest in the state, having been founded in 1886, sixty years before the next oldest school. The university is comprised of seven colleges focusing on various areas of study. Additionally, the school offers distance learning opportunities for residents of the state combining nine regional outreach schools with online schools in order to cover a majority of the state.
A small number of private institutions call the state home. A majority of these schools are either based out of state or are for-profit. One is a faith based institution offering a liberal arts education rooted in traditional Catholic values. Private schools tend to cost more than public institutions, generally having lower enrollment and excellent student to teacher ratios. Some school offer educations in a specific field, or group of fields, limiting program offerings but gearing facilities to accommodate such foci.
Private institutions in Wyoming:
- College America (Cheyenne)
- Wyoming Technical Institute (Laramie)
- University of Phoenix (Cheyenne)
- Wyoming Catholic College (Lander)
In addition to the public and private institutions located throughout the state, Wyoming is also home to private technical and vocational schools offering programs that typically last less than a year and provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce as professionals upon completion. Programs are normally in high demand fields, such as allied health or computer technology, and have a high tuition cost. Such programs also utilize job placement services that assist graduates in finding work.
The most populous city in Wyoming is Cheyenne, followed by Casper. While the most populous county in Wyoming is Laramie County with Natrona County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Wyoming, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.